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The Supreme Court has upheld the appeal by Senate President Bukola Saraki and discharged him of the remaining three charges of false declaration of assets.


The decision of the apex court is based on a lead judgment delivered by Justice Centus Nweze in respect to the cross-appeals by Senator Saraki and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.


Senator Saraki had challenged the ruling of the Court of Appeal, which asked the Code of Conduct Tribunal to try him on three of eighteen counts of false declaration of assets, while the EFCC had sought to reinstitute all original eighteen counts.


The judgment, which was unanimously supported by the five man-panel of the Supreme Court, vacated the ruling of the Appeal Court, which held that Saraki had questions to answer on charges four, five and six, in respect to non-declaration of assets and money laundering before the Code of Conduct Tribunal.


The Apex Court noted that since the lower court held that the prosecution failed to call those who had direct knowledge about the facts of the case and then turned around to rely on parts of it to reach its position, hearsay evidence cannot be used as proof to establish a prima facie case.


The Chief Judge of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen has urged judges in the country to be firm in discharging their responsibilities.


Justice Onnoghen gave the charge while commissioning of the new National Industrial Court complex and the renovated Court of Appeal complex in Port Harcourt.


The Chief Justice of Nigeria reminded judges of their oath to dispense justice in fairness, irrespective of pressure from interested parties.


He said the judges must ensure to uphold the integrity of the judiciary at all times.


The ceremony was also witnessed by the President of the National Industrial Court; Justice Babatunde Adejumo, who said the new court complex in Port Harcourt would help to reduce pressure on other jurisdictions.


Justice Adejumo disclosed that there were nine hundred and forty-five cases pending before the National Industrial Court nationwide.


He also announced that four judges of the National Industrial Court have been posted to Rivers State to begin work immediately.


On her part, the Chief Judge of Rivers State, Justice Iyaye Lamikanra reminded the Chief Justice of Nigeria of actions by certain political actors in the state that threaten the sanctity of the judiciary.

Men of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria have arrested eight suspected cultists who fled Andoni to Gokana Local Government Area of Rivers State.


Our correspondent gathered from a source close to the VGN that the suspected cultists were caught at a forest in Bordor community.


They men were apprehended yesterday afternoon while purportedly undergoing some kind of rituals with tortoise, native fowl and goat, in a bid to fortify them for an operation in Andoni.


Our source said the young men were immediately handed over the Police Division at Kpor, in Gokana, but it appeared that the local police officers have been put under pressure to release the suspects.



Published in NEWS July 06 2018 0 Tagged under


Former Minister of State for Power, Muhammad Wakil, has been granted bail on a seven-count charge of fraud involving the alleged multimillion dollars alleged looted PDP campaign fund for 2015 elections.


Wakil was arraigned alongside Garba Abacha, Ibrahim Shehu Birma, Abubakar Ali Kullima and Muhammad Baba Kachalla before the Federal High Court sitting in Maiduguri, Borno State.


The men were alleged to have conspired to commit money laundering to the tune of over three hundred and forty-one million naira looted public fund.


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, alleged that the money was part of the sum of one hundred and fifteen million dollars, purportedly distributed to PDP leaders and electoral officials by former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Allison-Maduke.


All five accused persons had pleaded not guilty to the charges and were admitted to bail by Justice Muhammad Tanko Salihu in the sum of ten million naira each, with two sureties in the sum of five million naira each.


The Court also ordered that the sureties must have a landed property within or outside the jurisdiction of the court worth the amount of their surety bond.


EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, disclosed in a statement obtained by our correspondent that the case has been adjourned to 1st November for trial.


The trial of former National Security Adviser, retired Colonel Sambo Dasuki, continues despite being granted bail by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.


Dasuki is also facing charges before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory over alleged misappropriation of security funds, which is separate from the case for which he was granted bail by Justice Ojukwu.


However; the trial at the Abuja High Court has been put off due to the inability of the Federal Government to file the list of exhibits it expects to tender against Dasuki as required by law.



Following the development; the defence counsel, Adeola Adedipe raised an objection against the continued trial of his client on the ground that the prosecution team led by Rotimi Jacobs has not complied with some provisions of the law.


Adedipe informed Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf that without the list of exhibits, he has not been able to prepare his defence in compliance with the Administration of Criminal Justice Act.


In his ruling; Justice Baba-Yusuf upheld the objection by the Defence counsel and directed that the process of law must be complied with in the interest of justice and fair play.


The court, therefore, adjourned the trial to 27th and 28th September as well as 8th and 9th October, for the continuation of trial.


In the interim; the court ordered that all necessary processes must be filed and served on parties before the returned dates.

The President of Equatorial Guinea has declared a general amnesty for all political prisoners.


President Teodoro Obiang Nguema made the declaration in a decree that was read on national television.


The move appears to be in response to a demand by opposition parties for the release of political detainees as one of the conditions for taking part in a national dialogue.


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Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have seized seven point five kilograms of cocaine at the Port Harcourt terminal of the Nigerian Ports Authority.



Our correspondent Chinedu Iwunna reports that three suspects were also arrested in connection with the seized drugs.


The NDLEA Director of Prosecution and Legal Services, Sunday Mbonna told newsmen that the seizure was made after months of extensive surveillance and monitoring of the suspected container that was designated for Port Harcourt.



Sunday Mbonna said the seizure was the first of its kind in at the NPA terminal in Port Harcourt, and he thanked all those who played key roles in the breakthrough



The NDLEA official also conducted newsmen around the container with an inbuilt metal compartment where the hard drug was allegedly hidden.


Published in Foreign July 05 2018 0 Tagged under

Egyptian tennis player, Karim Hossam, has been banned from the sports for life after being convicted of multiple match-fixing offences.


Twenty-four-year-old Hossam was also ordered to pay a fine of fifteen thousand dollars after he was found guilty of sixteen counts of corruption.


In addition to match-fixing and betting, HOSSAM was also alleged to have provided inside information and failed to report corrupt approaches between 2013 and 2017.

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